Loved ones pledge to hold monthly vigils for father of 14 killed in crash

Alvin Nelson, 38, killed in 3-car crash July 20 on North Edgewood Avenue

By Mary Baer - 5, 6 & 10 p.m. anchor, Joy Purdy - 5:30, 6:30 & 11 p.m. anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Family and friends still overwhelmed by the death of a father of 14 children gathered Wednesday night to pay tribute to his life. 

Wednesday marked two months since July 20, when 38-year-old Alvin Nelson was killed in a three-car collision on North Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville.

Nelson's loved ones pledged they will now gather on the 20th of every month to remember him and drive home a powerful message. 

"We gonna walk, we gonna talk, we gonna scream, we gonna shout until we get justice," family members said during the vigil.

Loved ones of Nelson posted signs and flowers at the scene of the wreck that took his life. They shared their agony, sending a strong message and a passionate plea in prayer: "Heavenly Father, I ask that you reach out and touch the young man that took Alvin's life."

On July 20, Nelson was killed when his car flipped over on North Edgewood Avenue. The mother of his unborn twins was in the car. She was critically injured, and the twins died.

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The investigation continues into the three-car wreck. But in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office crash report, police said, one of the drivers was suspected of drinking.

"We want the killer to turn himself in and do the right thing," said family member Minnie McDonald.

McDonald told News4Jax Nelson's family is broken by the loss. She said some of his 14 children can't even visit the spot where their father was killed, but all of them are suffering since his death.

She said she wants the driver who caused the deadly wreck to know, "Why don't you just turn yourself in? So that a little bit of pain can be eased because life will never be the same.

"Not only did he take a father's life, he took two of his unborn children's life. And justice will be served."

That plea was also made by Nelson's father and sister.

"Even though it would never bring my brother back, it can bring peace to these children," said Sharonda Scott, Nelson's sister. 

"Our faces will be seen every month on the 20th until justice is served," McDonald said.

The investigation into the crash continues. News4Jax has chosen not to name the other driver involved because he has not been arrested. 

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